J&K special police officer, his wife shot dead by militants in Pulwama; daughter injured

A Special Police Officer (SPO) and his wife were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday after terrorists opened fire at them in their house.

The incident took place on Sunday in which their daughter had also sustained critical injuries in the attack. According to officials, the terrorists barged into the house of SPO Fayaz Ahmad at Hariparigam in the Awantipora area of the district around 11 pm and opened fire on the family.

They were rushed to a local hospital where the SPO and his wife Raja Begum succumbed to injuries, while their daughter Rafia is being treated.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track down the assailants.

"#Terrorists barged into the house of SPO Fayaz Ahmad of Hariparigam Awantipora & fired #indiscriminately. In this #terror incident, he along with his wife & daughter recieved #critical gunshot injuries. Fayaz Ahmad #succumbed to his injuries. Area cordoned off. Search going on," Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

"#AwantiporaTerrorIncidentUpdate: #Martyred Fayaz Ahmad's wife also #succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. Further details shall follow", the Kashmir Zone Police said in another tweet.

The incident came on a day when at least two Indian Air Force personnel were injured in the twin explosions that took place at the technical area of the Jammu airport manned by the IAF in the early hours of Sunday.

Two Indian Air Force personnel were injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the high security technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari area on the outskirts of the city. The second one was on the ground, the officials said.

"The attack at the IAF station in Jammu is a terror attack," Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh told PTI.

He said the police and other agencies were working with IAF officials to unravel the plan behind the attack. A team from anti-terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA) was also at the spot.

It was not immediately clear from where the drones had taken off and investigations were on to ascertain their flight path, officials said.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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